Schuster urges Madrid to dig deep for Ronaldo

REAL Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has urged his club to “pay what is necessary” to take Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.

United continue to insist the winger is not for sale, but with Ronaldo refusing to publicly commit to the European champions a move may be on the cards. A world-record transfer fee of €100 million has been talked about and Schuster insists the Primera Liga champions must be ready to dig deep.

“For a player of his kind of level, we must pay what is necessary,” he said last night. “Because, for us what is most important is to win the Champions League and he can help us achieve that.”

However Madrid president Ramon Calderon has stressed his club will not “interfere or create any problems” for United.

“We will not make a move until the team (Man Utd) says they want to sell the player.

“Right now they are saying the contrary and there’s little we can do.”

he added: “Once Ronaldo announces his future and once his club accept to sell him then we would have talks,” he added. “Right now, he is a player of Manchester United and we will not interfere or create any problems.

“Ronaldo is under contract with another team and we cannot think about him but focus on the players we have.”

Ronaldo is Madrid’s top target this summer, with Calderon revealing he expects little action in the transfer market over the coming months.

“We will not even make two signings,” said Calderon. “We have a young team.

“We have made 19 signings in the last two years and what we really want is for the team that we have to consolidate itself.

“We have young players, who will grow and that is our hope.”

Meanwhile Zinedine Zidane wants Ronaldo to take his tag as world’s most expensive player.

“It seems Madrid are ready to pay more than for me.”


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